Femi Osofisan

 

Be the fire

 

 – (But your voice, Iwapele,

steals, vulturous, into the nest

to bear away my grief:)

 

 

Do not be content with little fires

Set the dawn ablaze!

 

And in the afternoon, return

With fresh torches, new angers:

 

Be the fire itself!

 

Dream no dream before it smoulders

And is reborn again as ember

 

Glowing and sparkling and endlessly

Oxidizing into dream again, before it burns

 

Let the whole day come blackly alight

Let your night burn in its dark awesomeness.

 

 

Renewal

 

And you think:

this one will wound me most

 

this one who does not belong

this one already bound like a

ship for elsewhere –

 

who has come and gone, and left

tides of troubled stories

upon the beach of your mind.

 

It is time to start again

and especially where the tale began

even without the song in it:

 

You will stand and urge the season:

            wash me anew

 

You know that the price of loving

has been this moment of solitude

and it is time to turn away

to die softly into the tale as it grows

 

and rise again with the moon

like a newly written song

 

 

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Sentinel Poetry (Online) #46

The International Journal of Poetry & Graphics...since 2002                  

ISSN 1479-425X

Editor: Amatoritsero Ede

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